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Appointment Of New Chief Censor Opportunity To Strengthen Respect For Free Speech In New Zealand

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 4:29 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union looks forward to working with newly appointed Chief Censor of Film and Literature, Caroline Flora. With increasing government overreach and calls for regulation of Kiwis’ speech, we call on her to embody the restraint and ... More >>

Wellington City Council Must Not Exclude Pro-Palestinian Political Speech

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 9:53 am | Free Speech Union

The reported actions of Wellington’s Mayor blocking the lighting up of the Michael Fowler Centre to commemorate the Nakba Day – a day of remembrance to mark the Arab loss in the Israel/ Arab war of 1948 – is an abuse of office that tramples the ... More >>

Research Reveals High Proportion Of Kiwi Academics Feel Unfree To Exercise Academic Freedom

Friday, 8 April 2022, 9:53 am | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union has released the results of the first Annual Survey on Academic Freedom , which paints a stark picture of the state of academic freedom in New Zealand. The research reveals that a significant minority (almost half) of the academics feel ... More >>

Chief Censor Must Not Bow To Political Activism

Monday, 21 March 2022, 12:05 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is concerned that the Chief Censor has delayed the screening of The Kashmir Files in New Zealand and may prevent it from screening at all in our country. The Film is undoubtedly a controversial presentation of a complex issue, ... More >>

Petition Launched By Free Speech Union Calling On Parliament To Remove Mallard As Speaker

Friday, 18 February 2022, 3:18 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union has launched a petition calling on Parliament to remove Trevor Mallard as Speaker of the House following his unacceptable interferences with press freedom during the Convoy 2022 protest. (Link to the petition: ... More >>

Kiwis' Protest Rights Must Be Guaranteed By Free Speech

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 11:50 am | Free Speech Union

Disturbing images from Parliament, where protestors are being arrested, strike a frightening tone for Kiwis' free speech, says Jonathan Ayling, Free Speech Union Spokesperson. “Convoy 2022, which gathered on the lawn of Parliament in opposition ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcomes Vice-Chancellor’s Pivot Towards Free Speech

Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 5:52 pm | Free Speech Union

After speaking on behalf of the University in July to condemn seven eminent scientists for offering a defence of science in the Listener magazine, saying their words "caused hurt and dismay", University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater, ... More >>

Exclusive: Royal Society Is Investigating Academics For Defending Science

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 12:27 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union can reveal that two academic fellows are being investigated by The Royal Society of New Zealand for being among those to put their name to a letter in defence of science which was published earlier this year in The Listener ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcomes Legislation To Defend Freedom Of Expression On University Campuses

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 1:43 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union welcomes the introduction of the Education (Freedom of Expression) Amendment Bill drawn from the ballot this afternoon in the name of Dr. James McDowall. This Bill will strengthen free speech on university campus, and ensures tertiary ... More >>

Name suppression for Wanaka escapees would be wrong

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:16 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is calling for the couple - one reportedly a child of a Government official - who breached lockdown not to have name suppression says Free Speech Union spokesperson, and lawyer, Stephen Franks. “Name suppression will be the worst move ... More >>

Statement On Friday's West Auckland Terrorist Attack

Sunday, 5 September 2021, 1:26 pm | Free Speech Union

5 September, 2021 Two years ago in Christchurch, New Zealand was subjected to a horrific act of extreme violence, in the name of ideology. Now another terrorist attack has been carried out, this time in Auckland. Both of these despicable acts ... More >>

Record Public Feedback Against Government’s Proposed Anti-speech Laws

Friday, 6 August 2021, 3:20 pm | Free Speech Union

More than 15,000 Kiwis have submitted to the Ministry of Justice against the proposed “hate speech” laws and endorsed Free Speech Union’s submission via its submission tool website .  In addition, nearly 40,000 ... More >>

More Than 10,000 New Zealanders Submit Against Proposed “Hate Speech” Changes

Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 10:26 am | Free Speech Union

The Kiwi public has responded loud and clear to the Government’s questions raised in the consultation document on proposed hate speech changes: they don’t want the Government policing their speech, says Jonathan Ayling, Campaign Manager for the ... More >>

FSU Backs Academic Freedom To Call Out Flat-earthers

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 11:49 am | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is backing a University Lecturer's fight for academic freedom, against University of Waikato attempts to stop him from describing people as "cranks", who claim on religious authority that the earth is flat, and that people lived alongside ... More >>

Kiwis Opposed To Hate Speech Changes According To Recent Polling

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 4:56 pm | Free Speech Union

"Polling commissioned by the Free Speech Union shows that kiwis aren’t interested in the Government’s proposed changes to hate speech laws, saying ‘no’ to policed speech", says Dr. David Cumin, a Spokesperson for the Free Speech Union. “43% ... More >>

Defence Force's Pulling Of Anti-woke Essay Shows Lack Of Moral Courage

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 12:35 pm | Free Speech Union

The decision by the Chief of the Defence Force to remove an essay which had been selected as the best written in an essay competition because he didn’t like what it claimed is chilling, and a troubling attack on free speech. Spokesperson for the ... More >>

Hate Speech Detector: Website Launched For Kiwis To Check Their Speech Against New Laws

Friday, 2 July 2021, 12:22 pm | Free Speech Union

Given recent confusion about what the proposed ‘hate speech’ laws mean, which appeared to even stump the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, the Free Speech Union has launched a vital tool for Kiwis to ‘check their speech’ at ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcome Judith Collins As Member

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 8:29 am | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union Is Pleased To Welcome Aboard Its Newest Member, National Party Leader, The Hon Judith Collins, And Believe It Is The First Time A Serving Leader Of The National Party Has Joined A Registered Trade Union. Free Speech Union spokesman, ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcome Judith Collins As Member

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 5:13 am | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is pleased to welcome aboard its newest member, National Party Leader, the Hon Judith Collins, and believe it is the first time a serving leader of the National Party has joined a registered trade union. Free Speech Union spokesman, ... More >>

If The Prime Minister Doesn't Understand Her 'hate Speech' Law, How Are Kiwis Supposed To?

Monday, 28 June 2021, 12:31 pm | Free Speech Union

The more that our elected lawmakers talk about the proposed 'hate speech' laws, the more concerned New Zealanders should become, according to the Free Speech Union. “Over the weekend the Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, couldn't clearly say that ... More >>